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Daniel Abbas vs Ernesto Inarkiev
European Club Cup (2017), Antalya TUR, rd 1, Oct-08
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  0-1

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Oct-12-20
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  FSR: 30...Rxh3+ 31.gxh3 Qxh3+ 32.Nh2 Qxh2#. At this point I understand that it's customary to exclaim, "I love Mondays!"
Oct-12-20
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  FSR: Oh, I didn't look at enough of the board. 32.Nh2 isn't even possible. Oh well, close enough.
Oct-12-20  geeker: Bravo, Che! I was hoping the Q sac on h3 worked but no, it had to be the Rook.
Oct-12-20
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  vonKrolock: Or #3 sacking the Queen: then gh Rxh3+ Kg2 Rh2# (also a pin mate)
Oct-12-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I checked the queen sac version first. It IS Monday, after all.
Oct-12-20  Walter Glattke: 30.-Rxh3+ 31.gxh3 Qxh3# so Nf3 is pinned, FSR can see this in the match notation, better than 30.-Qxh3+ 31.gxh3 Rxh3+ 32.Kg2 Rh2# 30.-Rxe5? 31.gxh3
Oct-12-20  zb2cr: 30. ... Rxh3+; 31. gxh3, Qxh3#. "Even though it's Monay, why sacrifice a Queen, when a Rook will do?"
Oct-12-20
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  agb2002: Black has a bishop for a knight and a pawn.

The rook on h5 allows 30... Rxh3+ 31.gxh3 (31.Nh2 Rxh2#) 31... Qxh3# and the innecessarily flashy 30... Qxh3+ 31.gxh3 Rxh3+ 32.Kg2 Rh2#.

Oct-12-20
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  gawain: There is (almost) no way to go wrong on this puzzle. Will have to play the game through to see how W got into so much trouble.
Oct-12-20  Brenin: The Queen or not the Queen, that is the question. It probably says something revealing about you if you prefer the elegant mate in 3 with 30 ... Qxh3+ to the more brutal and efficient mate in 2 with 30 ... Rxh3+ (and even more so if you choose 30 ... Rxe5).
Oct-12-20  Walter Glattke: 30.Ng5 instead of 30.Qxe5 best move here.
Oct-12-20  cocker: 30 ... Qxh3+ also works because the knight is pinned.
Oct-12-20  Vermit: Even ignoring the mate and playing 31...Bxf3+ works. 32. Rxf3 Qxf3+ 33. Rg2 Qf1+ 34.Rg1 Qxh3++
Oct-12-20  jffun1958: 30. ... Rxh3 is 2-mate, whereas 30. ... Qxh3 is 3-mate:

30. ... Rxh3; 31. gxh3(Nh2) Qxh3#(Rxh2#)

30. ... Qxh3; 31. gxh3(Nh2) Rxh3(Rxh2#); 32. Kg2 Rh2#

Oct-12-20
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  chrisowen: No chortle macks cooly check h3 yes!
Oct-12-20  peteuve: Monday is nice.
Oct-12-20  TheaN: Hah! Slippery slope on a Monday, I made it a move longer based on an illegal move. Seems like <FSR> was in the same boat. <30....Rxh3 31.gxh3 (Nh2 Rxh2#) Qxh3#> 32.Nh2x Qxh2#.

It happens automatically to include Nh2 in the capture situation even though gxh3 pins Nf3. It's why Rxh3+ is objectively better as it's mate in two. I didn't even see Qxh3+ mates in three, as after 31.gxh3 Rxh3+ 32.Kg2 Rh2# with, still, a pinned knight on f3.

Oct-12-20  RandomVisitor: Earlier, improvements 15.Ng3 and 16.Ng3 each might lead to an equal game.

On move 13, instead of 13.Nh2? white had:


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Stockfish_20100519_x64_modern:
NNUE evaluation using nn-baeb9ef2d183.nnue enabled

<49/79 18:22 +0.78 13.a4 f5 14.exf5 Bxf5 15.Rae1> 0-0-0 16.Nc3 e4 17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.Bf4 Rhe8 19.Rxe4 Qxe4 20.dxe4 Rxd2 21.Bxd2 Rxe4 22.Re1 Rxe1+

Oct-12-20
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Oct-12-20  Nullifidian: Because I always look for queen sacs on Mondays, I found the mate-in-three solution:

30... ♕xh3+ 31. ♙gxh3 ♖xh3+ 32. ♔g2 ♖h2# (the knight on f3 can't capture as it's pinned).

Oct-12-20
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  Predrag3141: I often laugh out loud on seeing the Monday puzzle.
Oct-12-20
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  Fusilli: <Brenin: ... It probably says something revealing about you if you prefer the elegant mate in 3 with 30 ... Qxh3+ to the more brutal and efficient mate in 2 with 30 ... Rxh3+ (and even more so if you choose 30 ... Rxe5).>

I disagree that the queen sac is more "elegant." I'd call it cheeky, actually. Over-sacrificing when definitely not needed is what looks "brutal" to me.

BTW, there is the risk that white takes the queen sac as a humiliating offense and goes for a walk leaving you to wait at the board until his time runs out, out of spite. There's no scarcity of petty people in the chess world.

Oct-13-20  Nullifidian: <Fusilli><BTW, there is the risk that white takes the queen sac as a humiliating offense and goes for a walk leaving you to wait at the board until his time runs out, out of spite.>

Actually, I would say there is no risk at all of that happening since we're commenting on a game that has already happened and not participating in it ourselves. But leaving that aside, why couldn't the same thing happen if the black player played the rook sac? White would just get up from the board and go home after ♖xh3+ and black would still be sitting there waiting for white's flag to fall. By this standard, we should never play any move unless it's mate in 1.

If you're so concerned about sitting around after your opponent leaves in a huff, you could just make sure that you let all your opponents win. That will keep them happy.

Nov-03-20
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  Fusilli: <Nullifidian> <If you're so concerned about sitting around after your opponent leaves in a huff, you could just make sure that you let all your opponents win. That will keep them happy.>

Oh, well, I can't argue with such an impressive wit.

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